Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)

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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
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Key Info

16 rue du Repos

Price & Hours

Free
Hours vary

Details

Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

A cemetery as a tourist attraction? If any city can pull it of, it's Paris. Covering nearly 110 acres of the 20th arrondissement (district), the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. It's also Paris' largest green space. Père-Lachaise is a maze of cobblestone pathways lined with leafy, cascading trees which perfectly shade the striking 19th century burial chambers that permeate the grounds. Aesthetics aside, Père-Lachaise is one of the world's most famous burial grouds: Everyone from Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison to Edith Piaf and Gertrude Stein can be found here. But make sure to pick up a map before you venture in, there are 70,000 burial plots here. 

Travelers admitted the main reason they made the trek to Père-Lachaise was to visit the famous faces buried here, though after discovering the enchanting grounds, they were happy to stay and wander. Visitors found the architecture of the individual tombstones and burial chambers to be stunning, especially with the many dramatic statues included with the plots. Others particularly appreciate the overall peaceful atmosphere of Père-Lachaise. Because the cemetery is so big, visitors say it's unlikely you'll be sharing lots of space with fellow visitors or tourists at any given time. 

You'll find Père-Lachaise in the eastern part of the city. The closest metro stops are Philipe Auguste and Alexandre Dumas, both of which are situated on metro line 2. The cemetery is open daily but its hours of operation depend on the day of the week and month of the year, but generally you can expect it to be open between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For exact hours of admission, consult the Paris tourism board's website.  Admission is free. There are many entrances to the cemetery but the only place to pick up maps (and you'll really need one) are found at the main entrance, which is located on Boulevard de Ménilmontant.

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